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Wall St probe findings within weeks

B>NEW YORK/B>: Disgruntled investors suing Wall Street firms over bad stock picks will soon get a windfall, as state regulators including New York Attorney-General Eliot Spitzer will likely release the findings of probes into Citigroup Inc and other banks by the end of the month.

Time for revamp of arbitration law

Many countries have updated or replaced their age-old arbitration laws. It#8217;s time Malaysia#8217;s Arbitration Act was revamped in line with developments worldwide, writes SHAILA KOSHY.

ASA appoints new chairman

THE Advertising Standards Authority of Malaysia (ASA) has appointed former judicial officer Datuk Shaik Daud Ismail as its chairman with effect from Jan 1 this year.

10 Wall St firms to pay US$1.4bil

Ten of Wall Street#8217;s biggest firms have agreed to pay about US$1.4bil and adopt reforms to resolve allegations that they issued biased ratings on stocks to win investment banking business, US federal and state regulators announced overnight in a bid to shore up investors#8217; confidence.

Wall Street's chapter of shame and humiliation

THE news that ten of Wall Street's biggest investment firms had agreed to pay US$1.4bil in penalties and restitution to settle charges by US regulators that their analysts regularly skewed their research to benefit a few privileged clients at the expense of smaller investors must be cold comfort to millions of individual investors who lost fortunes in relying on such tainted research.

Ainum, Rebecca to be Laura Ashley joint CEOs

LAURA Ashley, the British high street fashion retailer owned by the MUI group, has surprised the market by splitting the chief executive#146;s job between two Malaysian women.

Making banking transactions more transparent

BANK Negara will enhance the scope of Bankinginfo #150; a joint consumer education programme it initiated with the Association of Banks in Malaysia #150; to include the rates and fees charged by all banking institutions on retail products.

Bill to protect whistle blowers

TWO new laws in force by next year will allow company officers, auditors and even employees to blow the whistle on corrupt, dishonest and fraudulent corporate activities without fear of reprisal, Second Finance Minister Datuk Dr Jamaludin Jarjis said.

French ruling sends chill through banks

Equities analysts say they face yet more curbs on stock research after a French court found Morgan Stanley guilty of defaming LVMH in its investment reports on the luxury goods group.

US Govt recommends blocking Oracle's US$9.4b PeopleSoft bid

U.S. Justice Department lawyers are recommending that Oracle Corp.'s hostile takeover bid for business software rival PeopleSoft Inc. be blocked for antitrust reasons, a step that could kill the proposed $9.4 billion deal before shareholders get a chance to vote on it.